Race/racism, Bi/multiracial Americans, Intersections of race and gender, Qualitative research methods
Chandra D. L. Waring's research focuses on the growing bi/multiracial American population. Her first study centered the experiences of black / white biracials by exploring their family relationships, immigrant connections, dating patterns and preferences and their interactions with the White and Black communities. Her work decenters the short-sighted, yet convenient narrative that the increasing bi/multiracial black/white population is evidence of a less racially contentious and more racially harmonious society. In a population that is often framed as the embodiment of a racial panacea, her work illuminates the complex and invisibilized racial realities of this community.
Her new study examines the comprehensive impact of whiteness in the bi/multiracial population of a variety of racial backgrounds (white/black, white/Asian, white/Indigenous and white/Latinx). She explores how this subgroup articulates white privilege, how they experience white privilege and how white ancestry-and particularly appearing white-generates some disadvantages for them. She also investigates how their racial and ethnic backgrounds are policed by monoracials (single-race individuals). Her research complicates and updates the literature on white privilege and expands the scholarship on bi/multiracials by focusing on individuals of many bi/multiracial backgrounds.